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Police investigating double homicide in Ligonier

The shooting happened just after 9 p.m. Monday at the Riverside Villa, 200 Water Street.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 12:31 AM
Updated: Mar. 7, 2018 7:50 AM

LIGONIER, Ind. (WFFT) - The Ligonier Police Department is investigating its first homicide in at least 30 years.

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The shooting happened just after 9:00 p.m. Monday at the Riverside Villa, 200 Water Street.

Police said a man was found dead on the sidewalk behind the building and a woman was found dead inside an apartment.

Tom Ritchie is just one of dozens of people grew up in Ligonier still taking in the fact two people were killed at the Riverside Villas that recently opened.

"I think just kind of shell shocked. It's not really hit me as far as everything that has happened," he said.

Just last year, Ligonier was named the safest city in Indiana. A title lifelong resident Lucia Torres says she's not sure the town deserves anymore.

"I mean I've never heard anything like that but it is so scary. It feels unsafe," Torres said.

Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman said there's no need for Torres or anyone else to worry.

"We want the public to know they are not in danger. The three people who have been identified we believe are the ones and only ones we were looking for," said Blackman.

Michael Johnson was arrested after leading police on a chase down US 20 in LaGrange and Steuben Counties.

Two other women were taken into custody for questioning.

"It's how it's supposed to work folks. It's team work," said Ligonier Police Chief Bryan Shearer.

Shearer credits people in the community for helping crack the case quickly.

"We need people to come forward. They did and that's helped this investigation tremendously," he said.

That's why Ritchie said he enjoys living in the small town.

"It's not changing anything for me. I have a family, four kids. I feel safe with them being raised here and living here still," Ritchie said.

Formal charges against Johnson and the two other women are expected to be filed soon.

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